New WFP Executive Director David Beasley Calls South Sudan’s Famine ‘Deplorable,’ Expects ‘Dog Fight’ Over U.S. FY18 Funding For Agency

Associated Press: AP Interview: WFP chief says 600,000 kids risk famine death
“A tough-talking former Republican governor with friends in the Trump administration has become the unexpected booster of one of the United Nations agencies facing potentially deep U.S. funding cuts. David Beasley, the new executive director of the World Food Programme, told the Associated Press that he will use his Washington connections to defend the cash-strapped U.N. agency in what he expects to be a ‘dog fight’ over the 2018 U.S. budget…” (Laub, 5/22).

Associated Press: New WFP leader calls South Sudan’s famine ‘deplorable’
“The new American director of the World Food Programme called the suffering in South Sudan’s famine ‘deplorable’ as he visited the country and called on the government to allow aid groups safe access. ‘We want to feed the hungry children and the innocent civilians,’ David Beasley told the Associated Press before departing Tuesday for the affected area. ‘If you let us do our job, we’ll get it done’…” (Mednick, 5/23).